Telecoms struggle as Kiwis work from home

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Som mobile phone users have seen calls blocked today, with messages warning of congestion as hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders begin working from home, Marc Daalder reports

As hundreds of thousands of Kiwis work from home this morning, mobile phone networks seem to be struggling to keep up. Newsroom has received several reports of calls being dropped or blocked on Vodafone and Spark networks due to congestion.

BusinessNZ estimates 10 percent of the workforce – or 200,000 people – will be working from home today, its chief executive Kirk Hope told Radio New Zealand. On Saturday, Jacinda Ardern asked the nation to implement stringent social distancing measures to help stop the spread of Covid-19, including working from home where possible.

Newsroom has contacted Vodafone and Spark for comment.

As this reporter attempted to call Spark’s media line from his Vodafone cell phone, the call was blocked with a message warning of congestion.

“Your call cannot proceed at this time due to congestion,” the message said. “Please try again later.”

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